Mentor: Professor David Nice
A pulsar is a rapidly rotating and highly magnetized neutron star that emits pulses of radiation at regular intervals. With the relatively late discovery of the first pulsar in 1967, researchers are still finding a large amount of new pulsars every year; and for many of the discovered pulsars, our information about them are still far from complete and precise.
Our summer research involves developing algorithm to process data, which are mostly radiosignals recorded at Aercibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The observation could be done remotely, but we still took a trip to the Observatory to see how things function.
The main goal of this project is to derive the pulse arrival time from the raw data, which will be used to better characterize pulsars. For instance, determine the strength of the magnetic field, and whether a pulsar is in a binary system, etc.